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Ancient, fragrant, fertile, the land of Guatemala has allured wanderers for a millennia. Home to sacred lakes, mountains, and more impressively, active volcanoes, we find ourselves here once again, immersed in the jungle outside of Antigua. 

 

You are one of 25 exceptional minds converging to create an international tribe hellbent on accelerating ambitious and emergent visions in the realm of human connection.

 

You may not know yet but, as you enter your home for the coming month, you are met by the very hearts and minds that will propel you into your next level.

 

You look around the room and can’t help but wonder…

 

What elements of your vision will come to life in this container?
What will feel more alive in your mission?
What will feel more alive in you?

 

There’s only one way to find out.

 

Welcome to Experience House Guatemala.

OUR SANCTUARY

Only 30 minutes outside of Antigua, our assortment of villas are surrounded by the wonders of volcano-side living. Lush jungles, diverse wild life, and of course, the occasional rumble of eruptions. Designed to be completely sustainable, our primary residence is optimized for human thriving. Consider this your sandbox for the next 4 weeks. Complete with a collaborative work space, a temescal sauna, organic gardens, and jacuzzi, you’ll never want to leave. 

AMENITIES

 

WELLNESS

Our primary intention during our month together is overall wellness for human thriving. You can count on daily classes at outside in Guatemala’s “eternal spring” weather. The stillness and songs of birds will continually bring you to the present moment. 

 

NATURE 

Think: pristine and untouched wilderness meets tranquil living, where the aromatic herbs dance about the flowers and abundant vegetation. Our homes are surrounded completely by jungle life where you’ll be visited by toucans, humming birds and much more daily. You can find a collection of trails within the neighborhood to explore without restriction. 

 

FOOD 

Chef prepared meals using seasonal produce that is sourced from organic, local and fresh farmlands, some of which are freshly picked and prepared from the permaculture vegetable garden! Our menu is curated to nourish our attendees and ensure they feel their absolute best, while experiencing local culinary culture throughout the wide variety of Guatemalan flavors.

Your Chamber

We’ve assorted 4 villas, each with their own vibe. Modern, ecological, rustic or traditional, these home serve different functions for the collective, while remaining a haven for those who inhabit them. Whichever room you choose, you have a space to call your own, but are only minutes away from the action.

PROGRAMMING

The majority of programming at XH is attendee-led, which provides a platform to experiment, leads to a deeply giving and generous culture, and results in unexpected experiences and moments we could never plan for. 

XH IS A SANDBOX

 

To give you a sense of what’s in store, here’s some of the highlights from our last program in Guatemala:

 

  • mastermind sessions, where the collective brainpower, resources, and connections of 20+ housemates were used to solve each other’s greatest challenges

 

  • meditation, yoga, acroyoga, breathwork, and workout classes taught by expert attendees

 

  • daily silk and acrobat classes hosted by one of Brookly’s finest circus performers

 

  • writing workshops held by an award winning poet

 

  • an “Amazing Race” around the colonial city of Antigua that ended in a mixology competition

 

  • a sunset dance party on the summit of a 13,000 ft active volcano 

 

  • an extravagant Arabian dinner involving 4+ days of food preparation, Aladdin-style costumes, an aerial silk performance, walking on broken glass, and a dance party 

 

  • TED-style talks (dubbed “Fuego Talks”) where attendees shared their vision of how we gather and connect in a post-COVID world

 

  • an epic closing party that went until sunrise, featuring some of Guatemala’s top DJs 

 

Of course, no XH will ever be the same. And that’s part of the magic. ✨

WHO ELSE WILL BE THERE?

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John O’Connor

John O’Connor

Executive Coach | Facilitator | Speaker

Over the past decade and 10k hours of 1 on 1 coaching, John has honed and mastered the art of creating personal transformation for high performers. From CEO’s to Social Impact Entrepreneurs to Professional Athletes and Post Exit Founders, John has a unique ability to helping clients think, feel and act in total alignment with their purpose and vision.

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Jacqueline Colette

Jacqueline Colette “JC”

MATCHMAKER | MASTERMIND DESIGNER | CXO (TEAM AND COMMUNITY CARE STRATEGY)

On a mission to eradicate entrepreneurial loneliness, JC makes aligned connections and collaboration more approachable – in business and in love. She has consulted global brands and thought leaders on the design of online/offline communities, awards programs, strategic partnerships and experiential marketing projects. Named as a top 10 dating expert to watch, her newest pursuit as a matchmaker for entrepreneurs helps collapse the timeline to find their life partner.

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Majeed Mogharreban

Majeed Mogharreban

SPEAKER | FOUNDER | SPEAKER COACH | WORLD-TRAVELING FATHER

World-traveling father and professional speaker, Majeed Mogharreban is the founder of The Expert Speaker Institute, the premier resource for experts to grow their business with public speaking.

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Viola Eva Schenkel

Viola Eva Schenkel

FLOW SEEKER | CONTENT MARKETER | SEO | AGENCY FOUNDER | SPEAKER

Viola Eva is passionate about digital entrepreneurship and search engine optimization (SEO). As a marketing consultant and founder of Flow SEO, she is working with software and eLearning startups to scale their organic traffic. She is a speaker, educator and SEO specialist known from Search Engine Journal, UnGagged, Pubcon, Wordcamp Europe, Search Marketing Summit Sydney, Webinale, SEOkomm and many others.

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Chad D. Nelson

Chad D. Nelson

MAGICIAN

Accepted into the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood age of twelve, Chad Nelson has been at the forefront of magic for over a decade.

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Ira Wolf

Independent Singer/Songwriter | Photographer | Textile Artist | Vanlifer

Ira Wolf

AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER | PHOTOGRAPHER | TEXTILE DESIGNER | ENTREPRENEUR

With more than 100 million plays on Spotify, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ira Wolf connects with her audience through intentional vocals and vulnerable lyrics. Since she began touring in 2014, Ira has performed on stages across six continents and continues to travel the U.S. while living full time in her 1988 Westfalia van, ‘Ruby’.

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Michael Riemer

Michael Riemer

MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST | HEALER

Michael started playing the violin at age five. Then at fifteen, having heard AC/DC and Metallica switched to electric guitar and later also picked up the classical guitar and double bass to pursue his studies of western classical music. He learned Indian classical music on the Sitar and Sarangi and made a name for himself in the Berlin underground scene as a noise artist using only electronics. Being forced to by health issues from a too intense practice in his early years at the university he got an education as Alexander technician and Osteopath in order to heal himself. He is touring with several ensembles throughout Europe, performing a wide variety of styles and co-leads the renowned Stegreif Orchestra as a member of the board.

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Vika Viktoria

Vika Viktoria

AWARD-WINNING STORYTELLER | SPEAKER | WRITER

Vika Viktoria is an award-winning Ukrainian-American storyteller and speaker. She’s the chef and host of a global underground men’s dinner salon – the basis of her upcoming book exploring new narratives on manhood. Vika runs a storytelling advisory supporting leaders and teams in cultivating relational, emotional, and narrative intelligence for thriving. Vika believes in the power of storytelling, that conversation is art, and art awakens the needed cultural revolution of our time.

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Alison Tugwell

Alison Tugwell

FOUNDER OF PUNSPOKEN | AUTHOR | BOOK COACH | EVENT PRODUCER

Alison Tugwell is a writer, certified professional business coach (CPC), book coach, and ‘funder’ of Punspoken, a puns-and-spoken-word-poetry event series in Austin, TX.

She is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling book, ‘Word Awakening: Stop Writer’s Block and Start Creating Impact Now’ and a Marketing Expert with the ASK Method® Company, founded by Ryan Levesque, Ryan Levesque, Inc. 500 CEO, #1 Best-Selling Author of Ask and Choose.

She supports non-fiction writers in getting their books done and to Amazon #1 best-seller in a process that feels, to quote more than one client, “like falling in love.”

Her work has been featured by CBS Austin, Huff Post, Thrive Global + more.

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Kahn Osborne

Kahn Osborne

WEB DESIGNER | DEVELOPER | CONSULTANT | SOLOPRENEUR

Hi, I’m Kahn, Australian Website Designer, and Developer based in Berlin. I help companies define their brand identity and achieve web marketing goals. Design (web or otherwise) Development, Structural SEO, and Thought Leadership are part of my usual workday.

Food, music, festivals, and travel are some of my favorite things. I’m slowly finding a way to connect my work life with these passions.

Once a shy Christian Kid from a small town, I redefined myself, or better, I found my true self. I attribute this to the exploration of both the outer and inner worlds. One could vaguely associate me with the spiritual, philosophical, and psychedelic movements. I do, however, tread carefully.

I love to share unique experiences with attentive people.

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Célia Schann

Célia Schann

VIOLINIST | SINGER | PERFORMER

Célia Schann is a French violinist, singer, and performer who strives toward new paths for classical music in her varied work. The award-winning artist has been passionately working as a chamber musician and soloist on national and international stages since studying violin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, and has played in numerous renowned orchestras.
Since 2018 she has been a permanent member of the cross-genre Stegreif Orchestra. In 2021 she produced her first solo project “Cha cha cha”, directed by David Fernandez, in which she musically and scenically recreates the exciting journey to JS Bach’s Chaccone for solo violin and gives expression to the diverse challenges of a musical development process.

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Mathi Fahsen

Mathi Fahsen

DJ | EXPERIENCE DESIGNER | PRODUCER

Mathi Fahsen (a.k.a Magisus) is a Guatemalan DJ, experiential designer, event producer, and music curator who co-founded Ecstatic Dance Guatemala and Algo Fuera de lo Normal.

THE TEAM

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Sam Kern

CEO | CURATOR | EXPERIENTIAL ARCHITECT

Sam is the host and producer of the Radically Different Podcast,  TEDx speaker, experience designer, and world traveler passionate about leveraging technology and live events to foster deep human connection. He has a diverse background as a startup founder, event producer, filmmaker, and technologist. Beyond the world of podcasts and software development frameworks, he geeks out on experience design, community building, interactive technology, hosting dinner parties, deep conversations, and asking better questions.

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Reem Haddad

SENIOR PRODUCER

Reem Haddad is key member of the production crew for the Envision Festival—a world-renowned event that unites individuals through art, yoga, music, self-expression, and regenerative strategies. She spends her summers in Berlin, producing Tech Open Air, a conference and festival that celebrates a fusion of tech, design, art and music.

Currently, she is our Executive Producer, and helps us bring Experience House to life.

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Pablo A. Fernandez

SENIOR ADVISOR | CURATOR

Pablo A. Fernandez is the founder of Secret Table – a company that offers live experience design, consulting services, and connection facilitation for leaders, entrepreneurs, and high-performing community changemakers that want to make a positive impact in the world.

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Eskil Bjerkestrand

PHOTOGRAPHER | FILMMAKER

Eskil believes that by telling the story of how we belong to each other, and how we are deeply connected to nature through artistic film-making and photography, is contributing to make this world a better place. He derives his inspiration from the natural world, human culture, art and connection. With over 4 years of experience from the sport-fashion industry, wedding photography, a wide range of events and personal projects, he is now working full time following his passion.

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Melany Fernandez

AYURVEDA COACH | WELLNESS CHEF

Melany is an Ayurveda life Coach, wellness chef, and the founder of Dosha, The 1st Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant in El Paredon. Mel is also our lead chef at Experience House Guatemala.

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Empy

CHEF | FERMENTER | HOME BAKER

Empy is an artist and a enterpreneur chef. He started his artistic career at the age of 14 years old.
After spending a decade of traveling and painting, he discovered his culinary passion and studied a gastronomy and administration degree. It took him just a matter of months to make him realize it was the place where he belonged. Now he works creating and developing culinary concepts, pop up restaurants, and gastronomy experiences. He and his girlfriend are the owners and chefs of Huaxin wichs is an conscious and enviromental kitchen where the main concept is to promote local product, a consciousness consumption of it, and to support small local producers’ business and farms economy.

INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM

 

  • A month of accommodation

 

  • Daily chef-prepared meals 

 

  • Full reign over all of the villa’s spaces and common area including an in-house movie room (with a sofa large enough to comfortably accommodate a tribe), a patio from which to view the volcano, and a yoga platforms where daily yoga, meditation, and workout sessions will be held

 

  • Daily access to the on-site Temescal (a traditional sauna)

 

  • 24/7 access to co-working areas

 

  • Weekly mastermind sessions. Leverage the collective brainpower, resources, and connections of 20+ industry mavericks to solve your greatest challenges 

 

  • Event production support. Between our Exec. Producer and the on-site event team, you’ll have the resources to make any crazy idea a reality

 

  • Plenty of “stages.” Performance opportunities to try out new methodologies, workshops, events, and experiences – and gather feedback along the way

 

  • Insider access to Guatemala through our local guides and attendees

 

  • Recordings of your TED-style “fuego talk” (fully opt-in), which we’ll help promote if you’d like us to

 

  • New headshots from 1-2 photo shoots

 

  • Pre-event prep calls

 

  • Access to the Experience House Network, a growing global community of XH alumni

 

  • A month spent alongside 25 multidisciplinary, curious, deeply generous entrepreneurs and creators at the top of their game, supporting one another to step into their highest selves

 

 

There will also be plenty of opportunities to experience the authentic Guatemala, with trips to Antigua, weekend excursions to Guatemala’s top surf destinations, jam sessions with local musicians, and much more. 

This Is Right For You If… 

 

You’re a leader within the world of experience design

You’re passionate about creating experiences that inspire awe and foster human connection.

 

You’re down to co-create

We do the groundwork, but the specialness of our space comes from the contributions of each attendee. We practice the concept of do-ocracy, i.e if you want something done, then do it yourself! 

 

You elevate the people around you

You’re ready to bring your A-game, inspire, encourage the people around you, and generously support the TRIBE – knowing that everyone is willing to do the same for you.

 

You’re open to experimentation

Consider this a laboratory, a playground, an opportunity for you to lean into your growth edge, within a safe, uplifting and  judgement free environment. Try out a new workshop, facilitate an experience, get creative in the kitchen, or ask for feedback. With that in mind, we embrace an opt-in culture & respect where you’re at! 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

 

Applications are now open. If invited, a $2,000 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

 

  • June 27th Early Bird Application Deadline | 10% Off

 

  • First-round interviews are June 28-July 7.

 

  • July 25th 2nd Early Bird Application Deadline | 5% Off

FAQS

What's the work setup?

This is a “work hard play hard” culture where you can continue to do your normal work throughout the month, but in an incredible environment with other like-minded creators. We’ll have dedicated workspaces, rooms for private video calls, designated work times, and possibly even facilitated work sprints.

How much structure/programming will there be?

This is a co-created gathering, which means a majority of programmed events will be attendee-led. This is a unique opportunity for you to share your gifts, collaborate, and experiment in a safe environment with people who will both love on you and challenge you to improve. You can expect things like opening and closing ceremonies, attendee-led talks and workshops, meditation, yoga, breathwork, dance classes, jam sessions, recorded “fire talks”, nightly family dinners, co-created experiential events, and anything else the group decides to create. 

Will there be an extension?

At every Experience House so far attendees have wanted to extend the experience (half of the attendees at XH1 didn’t want the month to end and stayed for a 2-week extension!) Given this, we’re facilitating a 1-week integration & decompression experience for those interested in an extra week of bonding and integration. Book a flexible ticket in the case you choose to extend your stay!

Are there scholarships available?

We strive to make Experience House accessible to amazing humans for whom pricing may be an obstacle. For that reason we’ve created a limited number of partial scholarships to support humans we’d like to bet on. 

 

Filmmaker & Photographer’s Scholarship

Do you want an opportunity to make amazing content and work with our fantastic team? Mention this in your application!

 

Local’s Scholarship

We look for locals with a deep familiarity of the area and are able to open doors tourists don’t typically have access to. You know your way around and love to share that with others?  We want you!  

 

XH Artist Grant

Awarded to extraordinarily talented up-and-coming artists who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. The availability of this scholarship depends on the level of financial contribution we receive from alumni + other attendees. 

Am I able to move freely in and out of the space?

Yes, you can leave and return freely during your time with us. 

Do I need travel insurance to participate?

All attendees must have travel health insurance. We recommend World Nomads or Safety Wing. By joining our program you acknowledge that this is a requirement, and neglecting to do so waves us of any claims or liability. 

Any COVID-related travel restrictions I should be aware of?

To enter Guatemala you’ll need proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test result taken no more than 3 days before arrival. Note: restrictions can change. Use this helpful tool to check the most up-to-date restrictions.

What's the cancellation and refund policy?
  • A deposit is required to confirm your spot and is non-refundable
  • The remaining amount is due one month prior to the start of the program, and can be refunded up to 50% in the case of a cancellation.

You can view our full terms and conditions here.